26th - 27th September 2017
Krakow, Poland

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08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Brigadier Tim Watts, Former Signal Officer-in-Chief, British Army

EXPLOITING MODERN IT AND COMMUNICATIONS TO GAIN THE TACTICAL EDGE

Modern IT opens up opportunities that seem to be limited only by imagination. Designers, managers, operators and suppliers need to be able to put in place secure, effective capability that gives forces the ability to deploy full spectrum effects and win the information superiority battle. What ends up in the hands of warfighters will always be a series of trade-offs driven by demand, the way we want to fight, the environment and threats such as electromagnetic, cyber or physical and the opening session will analyse some of these issues.

09:00 -

Spanish Armed Force’s developments in defence relevant satellite delivered connectivity

  • The road from present operational needs to the new SPAINSAT- NG capability requirements
  • Spanish involvement in the NATO MILSATCOM CP130 and EU GOVSATCOM Initiatives
  • Comparing the different tasks, approach and applications of government, commercial and military satellite programs

Brigadier General Carlos J De Salas, PEO and Head C4ISR & Space Programs, Spanish MoD

09:30 -

Completing the mission through adaptable communications platforms

  • BDATech's approach to designing multi-mission set communications platforms
  • Required flexibility in communication platforms to combat modern threats & requirements
  • Utilizing the correct integrated software programs to ensure mission success.

Artur Usarek, Director of Business Development, Black Diamond Advanced Technology

10:00 -

ANAKONDA 2016: an example of FMN in multinational theatre

  • CIS used in FMN during the exercise and nations involved
  • Improvements to unilateral connectivity and cooperation
  • Future plans during EFP and ANAKONDA 2018

Colonel Robert Drozd, J6, Polish Armed Forces

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

COALITION INTEROPERABILITY

Federated Mission Networks have developed to support missions at the operational and higher tactical levels, based on NATO and other architectural guidance. The Afghanistan Mission Network is an example, designed for a specific purpose and developed over many years. Opportunities exist for tactical interoperability through common equipment, doctrine, architectures and waveforms. There is also a continuing need for capable Air/Land and Air/Maritime interoperability. The final session of the day will explore interoperability in more depth.

11:15 -

Implementing and managing Federated Mission Networking (FMN) in future NATO endeavours

  • Progress from theatre specific networks to contingency and deterrent operations
  • Quickly building architectures and management processes for new partners, and testing them
  • Industry approaches to integrating highly heterogeneous networks

Colonel Joachim Neumueller, Director, Federated Mission Networking Secretariat, J6, NATO SHAPE

11:45 -

New capabilities enabled by smart antennas

  • Situational Awareness for each individual soldier
  • High Bandwidth, Long Range, High Mobility, Ad Hoc Network
  • Mesh Network

Øystein Pedersen, Product Manager, Radionor Communications

12:15 -

New and old threats to modern Satellite Communication systems

  • The cyber and electromagnetic threat
  • What layered defence means for deployed information and communication systems
  • Building threat analysis, defensive measures, active counters and incident response into training

Lieutenant Colonel Joel Houk, Chief G6 Programs, Policy and Projects, US Army Europe

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking

MESHES AND TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND

Satellite has yet to provide the very low-latency, resilient, cost effective and controlled networks that on their own can reliably support war fighters in complex terrain or on the move. This session will review advances in low profile, high bandwidth and long-range point-to-point radios and mobile, self-forming, managing and healing networks that offer high levels of capability.

14:00 -

Secure mobile Communications

  • Developing and supply highly secure and encrypted voice and data communication solutions
  • Delivering comprehensive security against electronic eavesdropping attacks to +20 countries
  • Convenient as ever: available for iOS, Samsung and BlackBerry 10 devices

Dr. Christoph Erdmann,, Managing Director, Secusmart GmbH

14:30 -

Programme for net-enabling the NZ Army

  • Bring the management and design of networks in house
  • Selection, education and individual training required to build the military skillset
  • Collective training for the new manoeuvre environment to equip information warriors

Colonel Phill Collett, Programme Manager, Network Enabled Army Programme, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force

15:00 -

Optimising secure military communications with wireless mobility

  • Traditional vs. kinetic mesh networks
  • Security: Ensuring vital data and mission critical communications are always protected
  • Key capabilities for military deployments

Robert Schena, CEO, Rajant Corporation

15:30 -

Afternoon Tea and networking

DEVELOPING COMMUNICATIONS FLEXIBILITY

Traditional, hardened military satellite communications are expensive and can be inflexible, prompting a number of nations to consider future procurement options. Commercial providers can deliver relatively high bandwidth satellite internet provision across much of the world, using an array of space vehicles and terrestrial architectures, cloud storage and services. Add in aerostats and UAVs and the traditional MilSatCom models seem outdated. This session will explore how defence forces can exploit the ‘bandwidth with little deployed baggage’ that SatCom and other networks can bring.

16:15 -

The development of governmental satellite communications

  • Cost effective satellite connectivity for fast, mobile and short halt users
  • Adapting commercial solutions for mobile and constrained size, weight and power operations
  • Alternatives to Satcom for the mobile user

Major Geoffroy Beaudot, Government SATCOM and CIS Program Manager, Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Department of Defence

16:45 -

Beyond broadband, a new approach to tactical mesh networking at the edge

  • Exploration of why costs and SWaP are so prohibitively large with legacy mesh systems
  • Burst data mesh as a practically deployable alternative for situational awareness & C2
  • User cases of goTenna technology by USSOCOM, UK MoD, FBI, CBP and more

Jorge Perdomo, Co-Founder and VP Institutional Product, goTenna

17:15 -

Panel discussion: Technology to overcome challenges for defence communications

  • Overview of the capabilities and functionality of current systems
  • The applicability of SatCom and SDN to defence applications and potential vulnerabilities
  • Future technological developments deployable force multipliers

Brigadier General Carlos J De Salas,, PEO and Head C4ISR & Space Programs, Spanish MoD

Colonel Julian Hill,, ACOS J6, British Army

Lieutenant Colonel Guido Fielder,, Section Head of Command Information Systems, Bundeswehr

18:00 -

Chairman’s Summary

Brigadier Tim Watts , Former Signal Officer-in-Chief, British Army

18:05 -

Networking Drinks Reception

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“Software capability and Clouds systems”

08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Brigadier Tim Watts , Former Signal Officer-in-Chief, British Army

SOFTWARE DEFINED SYSTEMS

Software defined radios and networks offer potentially attractive reductions in size, weight and power, rapid deployment and near instantaneous reconfiguration. There are also opportunities for resilience, security, system integration and interoperability. Systems in service now and off the shelf incorporate more software implemented functions than ever, but the journey to software definition in the defence environment has been fragmented and costly. These sessions will explore what the move towards ‘Software Defined Everything’ means and its impact on war fighters and communicators.

09:00 -

MORPHEUS: Evolve to transform - the UK Land Tactical CIS programme

  • Evolving from proprietary and vendor controlled tactical systems
  • Maximising industrial opportunities and removing vendor lock-in
  • Exploiting emergent technology to achieve coalition interoperability

Colonel Laurence Fowkes, Deputy Team Leader, Battlefield and Tactical CIS Delivery Team, UK MoD

09:30 -

Considerations for national certification of software defined tactical communications

  • Challenges discovered with software defined tactical communications solutions
  • Growing need for certifiable applications
  • Modernising software defined solutions to meet current requirements

Ilkka Uhari, Sales Director, Bittium

10:00 -

A joint approach to understanding and managing Defence Communications

  • The new threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Methods of improving security for joint operations
  • Accrediting software systems and understanding risk – a layman’s guide

Major Mirosław Bednarz, S-6 Chief, Lithuanian-Polish-Ukraine Brigade

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

IMPROVING COMMUNICATION SECURITY VIA ALTERNATIVE NETWORKS

Whilst digital and analogue systems remain the stalwart of Defence Communications, increasing interest is being paid to options for improving security whilst maintaining core capabilities. Increasing functionality and reducing the management burden on users are just some of the advantages that these alternative systems can bring and this section will discuss it in more detail.

11:15 -

Augmenting MilSatCom with ComSatCom innovations

  • ComSatCom adapting to evolving military needs
  • Assured access for mission-critical satcom services
  • EUTELSAT QUANTUM for the most demanding military CONOPS

Willy Guilleux, SVP Global Government Services, Eutelsat S.A.

11:45 -

Middleware for tactical communications

  • Results of TACTICS (Tactical Service Oriented Architecture) project
  • Adapting user traffic to current limitations and intermittent nature of wireless links
  • Creating software layer between radio bearer and the Information System

Dr Joanna Śliwa, Head of C4I systems division, Military Communications Institute, Polish MoND

12:15 -

The world’s first smart radio – the MPU5

  • Building a MANET and a true distributed network across the battlefield
  • Audio, data and video to the edge – remote access and control of disparate sensors
  • MPU5 as platform and smart radio: 3rd party applications, video encoding, modular radio cards, RoIP

Brian “BR” McDonald, Field Operations Lead, Persistent Systems

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking

DATA, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE WAR FIGHTER

The balance of value between data and voice has shifted markedly; indeed some see voice and video as just classes of data. With the rise in autonomous and unmanned systems the need for precise geo and time referencing with real time control of complex systems, as well as modern Tactical Data Links and IoT is greater than ever in the military domain. Data and Artificial Intelligence have the ability to do more than simply supporting humans in the intelligence cycle and planning, command and control. The final session will review how these modern technologies can improve enhance information superiority.

13:45 -

Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre: the rise of data and defence communications

  • Current strategy for concepts and experimentation in information operations
  • Feedback from current programmes regarding data systems and real-time capabilities
  • Options for military/industry input on the future of information warfare

Lieutenant Commander Stephen Gaetz, OIC Concept Development and Experimentation, Canadian Navy

14:15 -

Panel: Realism for tri-Service commanders and armed forces personnel

  • Air, Land, Naval and Joint views of generating connected forces for current operations
  • Understanding what is essential in Information and Communications Systems for operations
  • Messages for industry that war fighters need in the battle for information superiority
  • Exploiting emergent technology to achieve coalition interoperability

Colonel Laurence Fowkes, Deputy Team Leader, Battlefield and Tactical CIS Delivery Team, UK MoD

Colonel Phill Collett, Programme Manager, Network Enabled Army Programme, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force

Colonel Heinrich Krispler, Head of Division, European Military Staff

15:15 -

Chairman’s Summary and end of conference

Brigadier Tim Watts , Former Signal Officer-in-Chief, British Army